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What books would I recommend to you, my faithful reader? Well, most people seem to think that my taste in most things, including reading matter, is - to be as polite as possible about it - somewhat eclectic. Truth is, my tastes vary widely, as I'm sure you'll soon discover if you care to read any further down this page!

My latest acquisition is Toilets of the World. Yup, you read that correctly. Mind you, it's not the sort of thing one actually reads, since it's a collection of color photographs of, well, toilets of the world - nothing cryptic about the title! They vary in cleanliness, modernity and, yes, style. But it appeals to my puerile sense of humor, and goes nicely with a comparatively) scholarly treatise titled Poop Culture - how America is shaped by its grossest national product. A fascinating book, going into sometimes unthinkable depth about how our daily visit to the crapper influences a variety of things - the economy, society, politics, you name it.

What else? Well, to satisfy my political urges, I am currently in the middle of Game Change, the widely acclaimed book that gives us a contemporaneous behind-the-scenes look at how the 2009 presidential election was shaped.

And, to satisfy my insatiable need for puzzles, how about a look into the mind of Lewis Carroll? His real name was Charles Dodgson, and, besides writing Alice in Wonderland and related titles, was a prolific author, cryptologist, cruciverbalist, logician and more. I am currently reading Lewis Carroll's Games and Puzzles, a fun little potboiler containing a number of games and puzzles that he devised. Worthwhile, I promise.

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